A Royal Jelly Molecule Speeds Up Wound Healing, Finds Study

Wound HealingThe topical antiseptic properties of honey have received much acclaim. Royal jelly (RJ) is the superfood worker bees secrete and feed all their larvae, especially the queen bees. RJ has successfully been used as a remedy in wound healing. RJ has multiple effects, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities, in various cell types. A recent study conducted by researchers at the Slovak Academy of Sciences has found that a molecule in royal jelly can speed up wound healing.

This royal jelly molecule called defensin-1 helps certain skin cells to reorganize themselves and close over a wound. This peptide speeds up the production of an enzyme called MMP-9, which plays an important role in rebuilding the cell matrix in the skin. It belongs to a large class of small antimicrobial proteins found in plants and animals, including humans.

The researchers experimented this on actual wounds on 20 rats. Each rat had four wounds. One wound was treated with a royal jelly ointment, the other one with an isolated defensin-1 ointment, third one was treated with just the neutral vehicle gel that was used for these ointments, and the last one was left untreated. After 15 days, it was noted that both the royal jelly and the defensin-1 ointments helped the wounds close over, while the controls were still partially open.

The team concluded that “Taken together, histological analyses showed that royal jelly as well as defensin-1 promoted a complete re-epithelialization of the wound surface and scar formation in the dermis.”

Just like the discovery of advanced solutions for wound care, several technologies are now available to improve wound documentation. An electronic system can enhance the completeness and comprehensiveness of patients’ wound care records. Woundcare EHR has separate templates for recording wound care details, making it easy for physicians as well as nurses to extract relevant information in a short time.